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Linda Shepard November 3, 2015

My story is like so many people, a fifteen marriage broken. My divorce was final 5-9-07 everyone involve has moved on except me. When you sang about God’s ways not our own I understand. I had to lose everything I thought I valued in order to see the relationship God want to have with me. By his unconditional love God has showed me true love. My faith in him has opened my eyes to a new way to live. Forgiveness starts with me & not to be carried to the next generation. People will hurt us & we will hurt people. God loves us Even if…We must learn to love other unconditional otherwise we cheat ourselves in this life God is rebuilding my life Please keep singing songs of faith. The words to a song can help you move on. What faith can do is still my favorite. – Linda Shepard

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Karen November 3, 2015

I just wanted to thank you for the song “That’s What Faith Can Do” I have just recently gone thru a divorce and the longing of my heart is that someday our family and our marriage are restored. My husband has wondered about as far away from God as he can, and somehow that gives me hope. I feel like he is just making it that much easier for God to bring him to his knees. I have prayed several times a day for months, and when I first heard this song it touched my heart so much that it literally hurt. For awhile, I had to turn the radio off when this song came on because it was just too difficult to hear. My hopes were so strong, but felt on the brink of being shattered and I just couldn’t handle the promise of hope this song gives. Last night I downloaded it onto my Ipod. Not only am I now able to listen to it, but I play it over and over again. It has become the song that symbolizes everything I am going thru and believing in. My husband is still deep in his pit, our family is still shattered (we have three grown son’s who he isn’t speaking with–they have always had a very close relationship) and our marriage is far from being restored. But I am standing on Faith that God will bring this to us in His time. Again, I thank you for this song. It is so inspiring to me, and one day I hope to be writing to you telling you of our happy ending. The ultimate dream would be to have my husband sing this song to me one day. He has an amazing voice and to hear him sing this song, would be the sweetest gift God could ever give me.

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Kim Mcnamara Mcnamara November 3, 2015

Hello Kutless! Two weeks after buying “Believer” a good friend, and sister in the Lord passed away due to cancer. The evening before she passed I watched the slide show video of “even if” on youtube. Having been blessed by this song, my thoughts were put in the right perspective, remembering the awesomeness of our God and His ways are not our ways. The healing may not have come in this life for her but God chose to heal her in taking her home. Also, I would like to mention that the entire cd has blessed me spiritually in opening my eyes to Gods mercy and grace, helping me to pull out of a pit that I’ve been in for quite sometime. You are such a blessing to me! May God continue to bless you in all that you do! <3 kim mcnamara 🙂

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Vicki Kentucky October 16, 2015

My brother and his wife were adopting a child from a young woman that I know. They came to Kentucky, from Chicago, as the birth mother went into labor. She had a beautiful baby girl!

The day that my brother and sister-in-law were ready to take the baby home from the hospital, the birth father’s mother (the grandmother) showed up and let them know that she “would be taking the baby home” and that there was no way that they were going to adopt her grand-daughter.

As you can imagine they were very worried about how this would all end. When the attorney called the birth father he refused to sign the papers because his mother threatened to throw him out of the house if he did.

After having the baby for 5 days, they had to return her to her birth mother-which devastated our family! We were all so broken hearted…that baby was our family…we loved her with all of our hearts.

My brother, sister-in-law, the birth mother, and I all prayed for God’s will in this and if it meant that the baby was to be with her birth mother then we would continue to love them both and help them in anyway that we could. The birth mother was NOT a Christian and it was amazing to be able to pray with her.

As you can imagine there were moments of questioning God and even anger at the situation as well as at Him. My brother and I put in the song “Strong Tower” and played it over and over for the week following the return of the baby to her birth mother. Focusing on the lyrics of “Strong Tower” helped us to get past the hurt and anger and lean on the one true Strong Tower for our strength.

In the middle of my darkness
In the midst of all my fear
You’re my refuge and my hope
When the storm of life is raging
And the thunder’s all I hear
You speak softly to my soul

You are my strong tower
Shelter over me
Beautiful and mighty
Everlasting King
You are my strong tower
Fortress when I’m weak
Your name is true and holy
And Your face is all I seek

WOW! How those words brought us comfort and strength!!!

One week later, the birth father signed the adoptions papers and my brother and sister-in-law came back to Kentucky to pick up their daughter. Isn’t God awesome?!?!?!?!?! How blessed we are that He worked it for the good of all and that during it all He drew the birth mother into a relationship with Him and that not only do we have a new m

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Vicki Kentucky November 3, 2015

My brother and his wife were adopting a child from a young woman that I know. They came to Kentucky, from Chicago, as the birth mother went into labor. She had a beautiful baby girl! The day that my brother and sister-in-law were ready to take the baby home from the hospital, the birth father’s mother (the grandmother) showed up and let them know that she “would be taking the baby home” and that there was no way that they were going to adopt her grand-daughter. As you can imagine they were very worried about how this would all end. When the attorney called the birth father he refused to sign the papers because his mother threatened to throw him out of the house if he did. After having the baby for 5 days, they had to return her to her birth mother-which devastated our family! We were all so broken hearted…that baby was our family…we loved her with all of our hearts. My brother, sister-in-law, the birth mother, and I all prayed for God’s will in this and if it meant that the baby was to be with her birth mother then we would continue to love them both and help them in anyway that we could. The birth mother was NOT a Christian and it was amazing to be able to pray with her. As you can imagine there were moments of questioning God and even anger at the situation as well as at Him. My brother and I put in the song “Strong Tower” and played it over and over for the week following the return of the baby to her birth mother. Focusing on the lyrics of “Strong Tower” helped us to get past the hurt and anger and lean on the one true Strong Tower for our strength. In the middle of my darkness In the midst of all my fear You’re my refuge and my hope When the storm of life is raging And the thunder’s all I hear You speak softly to my soul You are my strong tower Shelter over me Beautiful and mighty Everlasting King You are my strong tower Fortress when I’m weak Your name is true and holy And Your face is all I seek WOW! How those words brought us comfort and strength!!! One week later, the birth father signed the adoptions papers and my brother and sister-in-law came back to Kentucky to pick up their daughter. Isn’t God awesome?!?!?!?!?! How blessed we are that He worked it for the good of all and that during it all He drew the birth mother into a relationship with Him and that not only do we have a new member of our earthly family but we now have a sister in Christ!

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Darlene Hotaling November 3, 2015

First time I heard the song Even If, my thoughts went to my friend Cindy who passed away from cancer on March 11, 2010. She was a strong believer and I know she is with our Father. Music has helped me get through the tough times. Especially music from you guys. I had a hard time for a while struggling with the fact that god didn’t heal my friend. I know he is the ultimate healer. my faith, friends and music helped me great through the darkest year I have ever had. I can look back and know that god has a bigger plan for me. His ways are not mine and I have to trust in him. – Darlene Hotaling

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Dana Burk November 3, 2015

This is just a quick… uh… okay… extremely LONG note to let you know that I have officially become your biggest fan!

I’ve enjoyed your music ever since I was first introduced to it a couple of years ago. As a matter of fact, my husband and I are the youth ministers for a small group of incredible kids and in 2008 when we chose a name, we insisted on “Strong Tower Youth” Can you guess what song we play every Wednesday night? I bet you can! 🙂 Last spring we attended Young Christian’s Weekend at Silver Dollar City. We traveled several hours just to hear Kutless. We waited all day. It was sleeting/snowing/raining and FREEZING! The rides were all closed due to the weather but the kids insisted on staying for the concert. They were SO excited! Then… came the bad news…. remember… yep.. Jon Micah was snowed in at an airport! Total bummer! The kids were a little disappointed but completely understood. We were suppose to leave early the next morning, but we called all of their parents and fortunately were able to stay long enough to see your early worship service. We missed the actual concert that afternoon but they did hear Strong Tower Live! So they were completely content! 🙂

Okay… so thanks to a great group of kids, so starts my Kutless fascination. Then many months later, I’m driving home and “Shut me Out” comes on the radio. I had heard this song a hundred times before, but suddenly the words began to sink in. It was EXACTLY the way I had been feeling. It was during a time in my life when it seemed all four walls were closing in on me. People that I had known and loved all of my life where turning on me. They were making choices in their lives that biblically I could not support. God began dealing with me on the TRUE meaning of LOVE. Love is not idly standing by and watching someone you care about destroy themselves. Love is not patting them on the back and saying..”It’s okay! I understand! You’ve had a hard life or You just don’t know any better.” Love is taking a stand and saying…”If you do not stop…You’re heading down a road the WILL destroy you!” Sometimes Love is tough! If I knew someone would step outside of a building and instantly be struck down by a bus and yet I did nothing to warn them… is that Love? No… Love is doing everything in my power to protect someone even if it means losing them! I felt like I was losing some of the most important people in my life because I was standing for what I felt was right! I loved them… but I did not compromise what is right! “Shut Me Out” hit home at the precise time that I needed it! And you know, In hindsight, I can see how much MORE these people respect me now for not backing down!!

Now comes the big one… “What Faith Can Do” holds a special place in my heart. It is not just some ordinary, feel good tune! Oh no… I have LIVED this song! I truly believe it was written for my family! God inspired… it IS the story of my daughter Serenity!!! Born with three congenial heart defects and later diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy, the doctors told us our options were heart transplant or certain death. Day in and Day out, I stood beside her bed and read healing scriptures over her. The nurses would walk by and stare, but I continue to read aloud. We came extremely close to losing our daughter several times, but we stood on God’s promises for complete healing! There were times when I think the doctors actually thought I was so far into denial that I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. They began to worry that I was not prepared for what the future held. One doctor kept saying.. “You just don’t understand. This condition ONLY progresses. Your daughter’s heart will continue to harden until it can no longer function.” Then he continued to add all the horrible side effect possibilities that a heart transplant could bring. We were told, a heart transplant usually only lasts an average of seven years, then it must be performed again and usually along with a lung and/or kidney transplant. This can be quite scary when you’re dealing with an infant. What kind of hope of a normal life expectancy does that offer a newborn. If it were not for our Hope in Jesus Christ, we would have had no hope at all. But, it was our doctors job to keep us grounded! So he kept saying..”You just don’t understand.” I looked him straight in the eye and with a big smile on my face, I said…”YOU just don’t understand how BIG our GOD IS.” He shrugged his shoulders and gave me one of those…”well I tried” looks. We never denied the facts…. We knew exactly what our daughter was facing. We just chose to believe the TRUTH! The world said our daughter was sick… but GOD said our daughter WAS HEALED. We chose to believe the God who can NOT lie! Several weeks later, after a heart transplant evaluation and after a doctor’s report to be placed on the heart transplant list, they performed a third heart cath and the results were amazing! The myopathy was GONE! The condition that is known to ONLY progress, completely resolved! They immediately withdrew her name from the list! A few weeks later, she did go through open heart surgery, but sailed through it. Today she is three years old and she is transplant free, medication free, and I am energy free from chasing her! 🙂 She continues to have annual checkups and her doctor continues to be amazed! Last checkup, he said she had NO restrictions because her echocardiogram looked perfect!

After I heard “What Faith Can Do.” I immediately went home and set her testimony pictures to the music. Serenity watches her youtube video several times a day and she has declared it… HER SONG! If anyone tries to sing along, she screams..”NO! Don’t you sing that! It’s MY song!” 🙂 One day her 4 year old brother Eli was watching with her and he asked…”Reni why are you in da hospital!” Serenity replied..”Cause my heart was broken, but then Jesus fixed it!” I am so grateful for a Savior who makes broken hearts brand new!!!

Yes… “What Faith Can Do” is the story of my daughter’s life. I absolutely adore the song! I would only make one tiny revision… It should be called “What FaithWILL Do!” 🙂

I bought your latest worship CD for “What Faith Can Do.” But recently I can’t stop listening to “Amazed” It’s been on repeat all day today and I’m planning on using it for worship service on Sunday! So like I said…I am now officially your biggest fan!! The youth group will be traveling to Tulsa Oklahoma February 5th to attend the “Until the whole world Hears tour” with Casting Crowns! How incredibly awesome is THAT team up!! We are completely stoked!! Strong Tower Youth just has one request for you… “This time… please please PLEASE bring a snow plow along to the airport!” 🙂

Okay.. so I’m finally finished! Hope I didn’t bore you too much! May God richly bless your band as you continue to do God’s work! See you in February!! Until then we continue to rock and worship with you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lhZoEG6nAA

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Robert McCann November 3, 2015

Hi my name is Rob McCann. I just wanna thank you and thank God for giving you the ability to write such a great emotional, uplifting song. I lost my beautiful wife Katrina on March 9, 2012 at age 33. She was in a wheelchair her entire life. She suffered from SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), a form of md and seizures the last 4 years of her life. We were together 8 yrs, married 5 of those 8 years. I took care of her for 8 yrs. Some people say I added 8 yrs to her life, but I disagree she gave me 8 wonderful years. She showered me with a love that is so hard to find. Well, the first time I heard ” Even If “, it touched my heart. Because I know and believe that although God didn’t heal her earthly body, He decided to give her eternal healing, that I feel she deserved. I miss her so much, but yet I am so happy my wife is experiencing eternal health and happiness. ” Even If ” continues to touch my heart and soul everytime I listen to it. P.S. I truly believe God works all things for our good.

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Mike Brentwood, CA November 3, 2015

I have been a believer and Christian from a very young age. Baptized at Nine years old and raised on the fundamentals of the Holy Bible. In my Teens, I fell away due to drugs, fornication and basically a secular Lifestyle. As I grew older and wiser, GOD was always there, on the Backburner. I basically believed but wanted to do my will, not God’s. I am now in my 30’s. Drugs and sex are a thing of the past, although I was not close to GOD. A Christian co-worker gave me an extra copy of “Strongtower” and thought I might like it. After listening the first time I was floored. This music was fresh, hip, contemporary, heavy , rockin and uplifting. I absolutely loved it. Searching on itunes one night I found a double album of “Hearts & Strongtower”. Needless to say I was listening a lot to this whenever I wanted to hear some positive uplifting music. At this time I was still listening to my secular music, feeling empty afterward. Recently, I was on Itunes and saw “to know that you’re alive” and immediately downloaded the album. I didn’t care about listening to one song, I knew it was going to be awesome. Your new album is your best yet and is beyond great. Well, this sparked a renewed interest in Kutless and soon I was watching videos on Youtube, downloading your original album as well as “Sea of Faces”. The Holy Spirit began to speak to me through your glorification of GOD in music. I am now in a great church, attend a Bible study weekly, listening to nothing but Christian artists & READING MY BIBLE NIGHTLY!!! This was not the me I had previously known. Very out of character. I began to have fellowship with the six Christians at work and I am transformed. GOD has finally nabbed me and I am his. Kutless……. every band member, new and old, I want to thank you for being true to yourselves. Thank you for your musical testimonies. I will always regard Kutless as my favorite band to listen to when I need to relate or glorify the living GOD. You guys are amazing and I thank GOD for you. GOD BLESS KUTLESS! GOD has changed my life and he used your band as a tool to help shape this transformation. Thank you. Mike-Brentwood,CA.

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Matt California November 3, 2015

This is my testimonial of how much Kutless has helped me. This should not be confused of who I am today. I used to live for sin, I used to be sold out on Alcohol. I’m not talking about a few beers here and there. I’m talking about being drunk 24/7. This caused a lot of problems between my family and I. I was very angry, partially because I refused to accept that I needed help. I took my anger out on other people, pushed people away and denied my friendships altogether. I became isolated and a recluse, living in my own world satisfying my own desires. I didn’t care how my attitude affected others, I just didn’t care at all. I didn”t really believe in God. I mean I did, but not to a point of dedicating my life to Him. I didn’t like the idea of putting my future in the hands of someone who was physically intangible. So for so long, I continued to live this way and just slowly digress into a void of self-hate and agony, when chance came my way. I was walking home one day from school, and there was this CD on the ground in the middle of nowhere, it wasn’t even scratched. It was just sitting there as if someone set it there for me to find. On the front of this burned cd it said “Kutless – mix” Having never heard of Kutless before, I had originally thought that this band was Emo, and that Kutless meant they cut themselves to relieve pain and inner-torture. So it caught my attention! I put it in my backpack and got home and put it in my CD player. The First song on there turned out to be Sea of Faces. I started listening, because it sounded good and was expecting some voice to come out screaming about how much life sucks. But instead, there was this soothing calm voice. I thought to myself, oh great, just the opposite of what I was expecting. But, aside from that…I started listening, and it literally described my life up until the Chorus, describing the Sacrifice Christ Jesus did for me. At that point, I turned it off. I didn’t want to hear a Jesus Freak song, I wanted to hear something that could relate to what I was feeling. Interesting thing though, when I turned it off, it turned back on again! Freaked me out, I thought my cd player was messed up or something, but the thing that still boggles my mind to this day is that when it started up again, it must have skipped like 1 or 2 minutes of play time, when it started back up…the words were saying: “If only my one heart was all you’d gain from all it comes, well I know you would have still been a man, with a reason to willingly offer your life.” Powerful words right there, Powerful! Enough to make me keep listening. I felt something right away. Something I’ve never felt before. It was attractive and soothing. True and Complete Peace filled my heart. I was so confused, mainly from the fact that this all happened by chance. That I found this CD on my way home randomly, that my CD Player turned on by itself in the right place at the right time. That I felt a presence in my heart that gave me peace. As I continued to listen to the CD, the next song was “Strong Tower.” Listening to this song, I was thinking that maybe this was all happening for a reason. Again, this song described my life with the lyrics: “when I’m stranded in the valley, and I’m tired and all alone, it seems like I’ve lost my way.” Wow, again pinpointing my problems in my life. But again describing the Love of God. The peace that His love can provide. It was very appealing. At this point, I was completely and utterly confused, scared even. I needed to take a walk, though it was like 5pm and getting dark, I decided to. I walked about half a mile when I came up to bus stop, and sat down for a moment to rest. And to my surprise and confusion, yet again….it seemed someone had left a Bible on the seat next to me. I began to think to myself, “am I on camera or something, is this Christian punk’d or something?” I honestly thought at that point, someone was playing a huge prank on me. But that